July 5, 2016

The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams - Review and Giveaway

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: July 1, 2016
Number of pages: 298
Genre: Historical Fiction

Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured west with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona’s famous lawmen. She leaves her San Francisco home to join Behan in Tombstone, Arizona, a magnet for miners (and outlaws) attracted by the silver boom. Though united by the glint of metal, Tombstone is plagued by divided loyalties: between Confederates and Unionists, Lincoln Republicans and Democrats.

But when the silver-tongued Behan proves unreliable, it is legendary frontiersman Wyatt Earp who emerges as Josephine’s match. As the couple’s romance sparks, Behan’s jealousy ignites a rivalry destined for the history books…

At once an epic account of an improbable romance and a retelling of an iconic American tale, The Last Woman Standing recalls the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral through the eyes of a spunky heroine who sought her happy ending in a lawless outpost—with a fierce will and an unflagging spirit.

What did I think of this book:
I have been fascinated by Wyatt Earp for a very long time so I was excited to get to read this book about the woman he loved. In my opinion the author did a good job of telling Josephine's story in her own words and in the way she wanted to see her. I know a little about Josephine and the author did change a few things but for me the story was still enjoyable. Josephine was a strong woman and it shows through in this book. The author did a good job of getting the time and place down. The descriptions were done well. Another thing I liked was how this story showed the love story between Josephine and Wyatt and then how they just wanted to remain private after the very public fight at O.K. Corral. This is a good love story as well as a good historical fiction telling of a true story. I will have to check out some other books by this author as all in all I thought she did a good job and kept me entertained. 

About the author:
Thelma Adams is an established figure in the entertainment industry. For two decades, she has penned celebrity features and criticism for high-profile publications. Her portfolio of actor interviews includes Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain, and Matthew McConaughey, among many others. While covering film for the New York Post, Us Weekly, and Yahoo Movies, Thelma became a regular at film festivals from Berlin to Dubai, Toronto to Tribeca. She sits on the Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board and twice chaired the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle. Her debut novel, Playdate, published by Thomas Dunne Books, won high critical acclaim. Adams is often recognized, as she has been invited to share her expertise on many broadcast outlets, including appearances on NBC’s Today, CBS’s Early Show, and CNN. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a history degree from UC Berkeley and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in Hyde Park, New York, with her family.

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This giveaway is open to the US and Canada only and is for one paperback copy of The Last Woman Standing. The winner will be drawn randomly by Rafflecopter. Once the winner is drawn they will be emailed and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. **It is mandatory that you leave a comment to win, if you do not your name will be thrown out. Thank you and good luck

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  1. Josie has always been my favorite "minor" character in the story of the Earps - I'm excited to learn more about her and her relationship with Wyatt.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. This is such a boring answer -- a judge and lawyer in my home state who is something of a role model Chief Justice Robert Wilentz (b. 1927 - d. ca. 1996). My favorite figure in history is Elizabeth I -- GLORIANA(!) But, there's plenty to read on that character! ;-) Thanks for featuring this exciting new release and the chance to win! Best wishes, Kara S

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